Overview Description Requirements Outline Itinerary Cost Application Instructor Rainforest And Reef Penn State Lehigh Valley Biology - Dr. Jacqueline McLaughlin

The course is divided into three sessions:


Red Backed Spider Monkey

1. Pre-trip Session

This session will consist of assignments using the course web site. These assignments will focus on background information on Costa Rica, its ecosystems, and impacts on biodiversity.

Owl Butterfly


2. Trip Session

This session will include
visits to the following

  • Arenal Volcano
  • La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Lake Arenal
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve
  • Baldi Hot Springs
  • Tortuguero National Park
  • Braulio Carillo National Park
  • Cahuita National Marine Reserve
  • Talamanca Raptor Center

Several special programs/presenations
will be given throughout the trip by either the instructor, naturalist field guides, park biologists, or student participants:

The following topics will be discussed:

  • Biogeography of Costa Rica
  • Rainforest types, structure, and stability
  • Identifying the variety of life (flora and fauna) that exists in the various Costa Rican tropical rainforests and coral reefs
  • Interspecific interactions and community structure
  • Disturbance and community structure
  • Species richness and abundance: biotic and abiotic factors
  • Importance of biodiversity and threats (required reading, The Future of Life, E .O. Wilson)
  • Costa Rican conservation efforts
Buttress Roots

3. Post-trip Session

Submission of final
reports and
assignments will
occur during this
(see Outline link for more information).

Bubble Flower

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